Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ceisteanna (115)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

115. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 132 of 18 January 2018, the reason for the delay in the issuing of the response; when the requested information will be supplied; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9227/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I explained in my response to the Deputy on 18 January 2018 that it was not possible in the timeframe allowed to compile the information requested.

GSOC were asked for additional information to enable me to reply fully to the Deputy's question. Subsequently GSOC undertook to respond directly to the Deputy when the information was compiled.

I am advised that GSOC wrote to the Deputy on 9 February 2018 advising her that they would issue her directly with a detailed reply by 23 February 2018. GSOC explained to the Deputy that a significant amount of effort was required to examine their archives in order to retrieve relevant material.

However, I have now been informed by GSOC that they expect to be able to provide a detailed reply to the Deputy during the week commencing 26 February 2018.  As the Deputy will appreciate, the collection and compilation of records sought from 2005 is onerous and time consuming given that the request covers periods before GSOC became fully operational.